A child living in Asia may be a citizen of one of 48 countries and a speaker of one of more than 2,000 languages. He may live in bustling Manila, Philippines, or in a remote community in Keonjhar, India. He is also living in the most populated continent with the second-highest rate of poverty.
Issues like food insecurity, a lack of proper education, malnutrition, social discrimination and natural disasters contribute to poverty. And, as is too often the case, when there are problems in this world, children suffer the consequences the most.
ChildFund works to address the causes and effects of poverty in Asia by working with local partner organizations in four countries – collaborating with local leaders, families and children to build programs based on what each community needs most. In some places like Sri Lanka, that means providing academic support so Rajitha could go to school. In other places like Indonesia, that means developing workshops to help youth find jobs and address gender inequality in the workplace, so Iin is free to pursue her goals. In other places like the Philippines, that means bringing together young people, policymakers, media and technology companies to protect children from online sexual exploitation.
Check out the list below to see the countries in Asia where ChildFund is working to help kids. No matter where you sponsor a child, you can be sure that your support will help them stay safe, healthy and learning.